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Healthy Living: The Cellphone Guide


Healthy Living: The Cellphone Guide

by Amy Lignor


Much like the political realm, there will always be debates and disagreements when it comes to the technological realm—especially when it comes to your health versus the almighty cellphone. Now, it is a fact that communication in the 21st century literally brought about a revolution. Mobile devices are being used and will remain at the top of “must have” lists for all ages technology, cellphone, health, Mobile devices, stress, teens, bacteria, eye strain, posture, car accidents, nomophobiafor the rest of time. By giving the world immediate access to help, navigation systems for their cars, the ‘best’ lists when it comes to everything from where to dine out to where to shop for the latest dog dish, the cellphone has become all powerful. Heck, there is literally an app for just about everything you can think of on this planet now. Add in the music and entertainment industries and the cellphone hits on all cylinders. However, even though we are in a world where we all know the cellphone will never go the way of the dinosaurs, there is still a great many arguments when it comes to how and when the cellphone should be used.

Good health is on peoples’ minds. And since the most popular cellphone out there is referred to as a “smartphone,” it seems appropriate to talk about the “smartest” reasons in the world why you have to stop looking at that phone of yours 24/7, in order to gain good health. Reasons, by the way, that have been proven.


If and when the act of using your phone becomes way too frequent, you put yourself at risk for numerous health issues. Although the teens in America probably don’t care about this, it is a fact that you will care as the years pass on by.


First, we address stress. Cellphone use has shown negative effects on stress levels because of the constant ringing, reminders, beeping, alerts, etc. Just as it was with the regular home phone, where you got on a list and salespeople called every night after you got home from a busy day of work just to bother you, cellphones have the exact same effect. Yet that effect is increased ten-fold by the constant texts as well as emails that are being received.


More and more sicknesses are occurring because of the touching and spreading of bacteria that comes with constant phone use. No matter how many times you wash your hands, germs are always being placed on that phone of yours.


One of the biggest problems you will have to deal with later in life is the constant eye strain from your cellphone. The blue light (HEV) emitted through smartphones has been shown to damage eyes and may even harm them permanently. And not only are the eyes being harmed, but the cellphone also makes your memory fade. These smartphones we use are the process by which we now remember important dates and events, as well as using it as an alarm clock and to store phone numbers, addresses, names, birthdays and so on…leaving our own memory to go lax.


When it comes to the body, cellphones are most definitely destroying posture. We text, read, check emails and more, and when we do, we find ourselves in a “hunched over” position. This is most definitely not good for the spine or neck later in life. Not only that, but your hands suffer when you overuse that smartphone of yours. Texting seems to be the leading cause of arthritic conditions as life moves forward, and that can hurt a person severely in their later years.


Everyone already knows that car accidents have increased because of the cellphone. For the first time, alcoholism dropped to the number two reason for car accidents in this nation since alcohol was created because of the usage of cellphones while behind the wheel. But there is even a new disease called nomophobia. There are those out there who have become truly scared of being without their smartphone; so scared, in fact, that they are developing this disorder that causes extreme anxiety and nervousness. (A study done by Psychology Today of 2,163 people found that 58% of men and 47% of women already suffer from this phobia.)


Loss of sleep occurs because of the constant need to be on the smartphone, as well as the loss of social and communication skills. In this world – even though we are talking about a technology revolution – face-to-face communication skills are necessary. You must be able to apply for a job in person. You must be able to hold an educated conversation with someone. Yet the more people turn to their texting abilities, the farther they move away from being comfortable with talking in person.


The list of reasons to put that cellphone down in order to gain better health will grow longer. So think first: Be smarter and get healthier now by putting that smartphone down.


Source:  Baret News

Reality May Be All Virtual…Sooner Than You Think


Reality May Be All Virtual…Sooner Than You Think

by Amy Lignor


2016 gave us a lot of memories – both bad and good – that have now become a part of history. From fashion to design to politics (ugh), 2016 was most definitely a year to remember (or forget, depending on how you voted in the election). But there was also another industry where discoveries were made, new products came technology, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, synthetic food, natural resources, The Matrix, cruelty-free, environmentally friendly foodsto market, and a world that used to only be seen in sci-fi movies actually began to come true. Yes, we are talking about the world of technology and how, if we keep going like we’re going, the concepts of “artificial intelligence” and “virtual reality” will soon become the norm.

Let us begin with the “smart home” that so many people are looking forward to having. From that cellphone that you’re constantly holding in your hand, you will basically be able to control everything that’s happening in your house before you even arrive there. From setting the light fixtures to turning up the heat, turning on the air conditioning, locking or unlocking the garage – smart technology is literally taking over the old homestead. A great deal of work was done in 2016 with the idea of a “smart hub” being at the very core of it all. A myriad of wireless technologies to serve your home were created by Wave, Bluetooth, Zigbee, and many more. Is it a perfect system? Not yet, but more work will be done in 2017 so that a “smart home” will actually be far more intelligent than it is now.


Work that still needs to be accomplished comes in the form of “smart home” gadgets that simply won’t work with certain “smart home” platforms. Such as, say you have an Iris by Lowe’s system yet you wish to have Philips Hue lights – these two are not compatible. Worse yet, the numero uno problem is that if your “smart hub” goes down, your entire system goes with it.


So for 2017, experts are stating that when it comes to “smart homes,” focus will be placed on Wi-Fi, which is already a tested network. Routers will have more and more bandwidth allowing you to better handle your home and all its’ “smartness.” In addition, companies from A to Z are looking to create their new devices to be compatible with your Wi-Fi to maximize success and eliminate problems.


When it comes to A.I., the theory of automation is not a new idea. Take the very well-known hatred that one and all feels when they call a company – any company – for help and end up dealing with an automated customer service system. This year these systems will become far better and easier to use thanks to ‘chatbots’ that will understand your voice that issues you’re having. Automation will be all about learning a person’s individual preferences so that the work these A.I. devices do will be better, faster, and won’t have the caller getting angrier when a voice states: “I’m sorry, that was unclear.”


Another technological area that will be seen in headlines more and more often is synthetic foods. I know, sounds as disgusting as it did when seeing “The Matrix” movies for the first time, but we are told that synthetic food looks and smells a whole lot better. It is no doubt, and will not be shocking to read that the world will continue to get more and more overpopulated as time moves forward. Natural resources are already stretched thin which means how and what we digest will have to change. People need to feed themselves and will turn to synthetic foods to do just that.


Everything from eggs to ham may end up being grown in laboratories, which will not only save on resources but also provide cruelty-free, environmentally friendly foods – two categories that people are adamant about seeing.


Virtual reality grew last year, and more is in store. Navigation, maps and the like, will grow in the world of virtual reality. Not only road maps, but the use of navigation when it comes to finding something in a store. And when it comes to getting the kids outside and away from video games, virtual reality showed with Pokémon Go that success can be attained quite easily by putting the “game” on the “road.” Will there be more? Absolutely.


So don’t blink. The great “out there” locations and devices that were once just written about in fantastical books are appearing before our very eyes. Let us just hope that the ‘reality’ that does appear looks more like H.G. Wells and his time machine than something the master, Stephen King, once wrote about.


Source:  Baret News

Millennials Struggle with the Theory of Hard Work


Millennials Struggle with the Theory of Hard Work

by Amy Lignor


With the political fight that’s occurring out there, the theory of what hard work really means is a subject of discussion. Take the present-day billionaires in the millennial category. There are those out there who are extremely jealous of those people who hard work, millennial billionaires, Kenny Troutt, Ken Lagone, Howard Schultz, entrepreneur, technology, success, passionreached the top before they were thirty years of age. And when I say top, I mean top! They are worth more at their young ages wealth-wise than the majority of us who struggle and work hard on a daily basis to just keep up with the rent payment. But…have these young billionaires worked hard for what they have? Well, it all depends on how hard you think it is to learn technology, steal someone else’s idea, or inherit. Would these three case scenarios fit your definition of “hard work?” Not at all. In fact, it’s still the collective thought (all polls and studies show this) that people believe hard work comes with sweat. And the millennial billionaire category doesn’t seem to include these types of people whatsoever.


In 2016, Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook prince, is worth $50 billion dollars or more. He remains atop the list of richest individuals under the age of 35, while ranking 6th on the Forbes list of richest billionaires in the world. He created a computer program/website that took over the universe, or close to it. But did he sweat at a first job? Selling door to door? Working at a factory until his fingers fell off? Not even close.

Lukas Walton hasn’t even reached 30, yet is still worth a whopping $11.2 billion. Did he work incredibly hard for those figures? Actually, no. He was simply born into a family by the name of Walton whose lineage had founded Wal-Mart. His grandfather, founder Sam Walton, died in 2005 leaving Lukas a sizeable portion of his estate.


Dustin Moskovitz is a millennial billionaire who was part of the Zuckerberg/Facebook majesty. Working on the website in its very early stages, Dustin then co-founded a maker of project-management software for businesses called, Asana. Brain needed, hard work and sweat was not.


Eduardo Saverin, with a net worth of $7 billion, was the one ostracized in the very popular Facebook battle. (Facebook produced a great many billionaires, did it not?) However, his roots are those of an extremely wealthy family. After being forced out of the Facebook realm, he is still part owner of the famous “social network” and settled with Zuckerberg for a ton of cash…out of court.


Are we bashing these people? Saying they don’t deserve what they have? Not at all. We are simply talking about the reality of what “hard work” really means. There are a multitude of entrepreneurs out there – young men and women who do have a fantastic “idea” but must scramble and work hard day and night to achieve success. Do we really want that generation to believe that “Shark Tank” is the only way an entrepreneur can make it, even when they have the ability and passion to work until they drop?


Why not ask these people….


Kenny Troutt is the founder of Excel Communications. Unlike the millennial technology brains listed above, Kenny actually paid his own way through college by selling life insurance. His net worth is well over a billion, but he actually grew up and worked many hours of overtime to bring Excel Communications to life in 1988. Merging with Teleglobe in a $3.5 billion-dollar deal a few years later, he now spends his time with the many racehorses he invests in.


Howard Schultz has his memories of the poor housing complex he grew up in. He has stated that he always felt like he was living “on the other side of the tracks.” Ending up winning a football scholarship to the University of Northern Michigan, he went to work for Xerox after his graduation. Taking over a small coffee shop called Starbucks, he became the company’s CEO in 1987, and ended up producing coffee stores worldwide that have longer drive-thru’s than McDonald’s and Burger King combined.


Ken Lagone’s parents were hard workers; Dad was a plumber, Mom was a cafeteria worker sweating out the hours. But they were also parents who mortgaged their home in order to pay for their son’s college tuition. Billionaire, Ken Lagone, was certainly thankful and he worked many thankless odd jobs to help the family out. He had no idea his and his family’s hard work would pay off and give him a future that involved taking Electronic Data Systems (HP) public. Two years after that, he partnered with Bernard Marcus and began the beloved Home Depot, which also went public in 1981.


What this lesson should teach all millennials who have that “great” idea and haven’t been able to get on the TV show, or perhaps back stab their friends to get rich, is that with hard work, passion, dedication, and a lot of nights eating white rice from the microwave because you just can’t afford anything else – you, too, can become a billionaire. And like Troutt, Schultz and others before them, you will always own that pride knowing that each dollar of your billion was made with real hard work.

Source:  Baret News



Delta: Your Checked Bags Will Never Be Lost Again


Delta: Your Checked Bags Will Never Be Lost Again

By Burt Carey

Just 11 months after the International Air Transport Association passed baggage tracking guidelines that would by 2018 require member airlines to monitor checked baggage at all times, Delta Airlines, baggage tracking app, Radio Frequency Identification, technology, missed connectionsU.S.-based Delta Airlines has unveiled a tracking system that it says will track every bag from check-in to baggage claim every time you fly.

Delta is deploying Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) baggage tracking technology, a first for U.S. carriers, providing customers with improved real-time tracking of luggage throughout the travel experience.

This move marks a historic shift for Delta and the 120 million bags it handles annually.  RFID will replace barcode hand scanning – the industry standard since the early 1990s. With this new technology, scanners use radio waves to capture highly accurate and consistent data stored on an RFID chip embedded in the luggage tag, driving superior tracking and increased transparency.

By the fourth quarter of this year customers will be able to “see” their bags throughout their journey by receiving push notifications on the Fly Delta mobile app.

Department of Transportation data show that U.S. airlines report incidents involving some 118,000 bags each week. That’s a rate of roughly 2.6 incidents per 1,000 bags. Delta expects its RFID technology to perform to a 99.9% accuracy level.

“With a $50 million investment in RFID at 344 stations around the globe, we aim to reliably deliver every bag on every flight,” said Bill Lentsch, Delta’s senior vice president of Airport Customer Service and Cargo Operations. “This innovative application of technology gives us greater data and more precise information throughout the bag’s journey.”

Delta teams have deployed 4,600 scanners, installed 3,800 RFID bag tag printers and integrated 600 pier and claim readers to enable hands-free scanning of baggage throughout the handling process. RFID will soon track bags on all Delta mainline and Delta Connection flights.

Spread throughout 84 of Delta’s largest stations, 1,500 belt loaders will give baggage the green light – literally – as it enters and exits the belly of a plane. The belt loader sensor will flash green when the bag is being loaded on the correct aircraft or red when the bag requires additional handling.

Today when a customer misses his or her connection, agents on the ground manually scan each bag to find the customer’s luggage and ensure it is retagged for the new flight. With RFID scanners, agents have the ability to take inventory quickly or pinpoint a single bag.

“In the same way that customers want information at their fingertips about flight changes, we know our customers want clear visibility to their checked bags,” said Tim Mapes, Delta’s chief marketing officer. “Delta’s industry-first baggage tracking app was a good first step. RFID will allow us to set a new standard for more transparent, interactive tracking on the Fly Delta mobile app.”

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Source:  Baret News

Could Humans Become a Trend?


Could Humans Become a Trend?


AMC’s TV show “Humans” may have started this whole thing. After all, before that show aired, robots that had been presented to the very human audience were usually chrome colored or beeped or turned into the ultimate sports car. Some of the most exciting even got their own movies. Transformers, anyone? Others had their own hit franchises and will be reborn Actroid-DER_01before the year is over. C-3P0 and R2-D2 will live again. The gold one will sound pompous, the little one will beep up a storm, and both will cost a lot in order to wrap in paper and heave them under the Christmas tree.

When it came to the TV show, “Humans,” we are talking about a supremely intricate Swedish story that had to be translated for an American audience; a translation that had to make sense even though the theme was technology. Now the people in the show of course are human. Gemma Chan stars and she is stunning. She could also pass for a robot considering the fact that when you look closely she doesn’t seem to sport even one wrinkle. But, luckily for the world, she is still human.

Now, however, there is new technology on the horizon that should not only cause hair to stand up on the back of everyone’s neck, but also upset real humans in the entertainment industry who do not want to be replaced by actors who may be prettier and far less cheaper.

This past week in Beijing, The World Robot Conference was held. The magnet that seemed to attract everyone was the latest ‘model’ of Geminoid F; a realistic robot woman. Actually, she was frighteningly realistic, like something that Stephen King might have created once upon a time, Creepier still is the fact that this…thing is called “the world’s sexiest robot,” and, yes, she doesn’t have a wrinkle either. This android has rubber skin. She can speak, sing and, yes, even act. It was only a few short weeks ago that it was announced the android will star in a new Japanese disaster film titled, “Sayonara,” which will actually give an actress profile on IMDB to a robot.

Created by the mighty minds at Osaka University’s Ishiguro lab, the android was designed to be a woman in her twenties. She has an operating system that allows her to imitate motions and facial expressions of real people. (Grossed out, yet?) They even, perhaps even more frighteningly, gave her the ability to age. Her skin is a gel that will “become saggy” after one or two years which will then be replaced. Five-foot-six, she makes eye contact, understands, learns and takes on human body language, and smiles…with a whole lot of teeth. She does have a male robot counterpart, and if kids come out of this relationship, Stephen King should be called in to stop the whole thing.

This lab hopes that the android will become more common in “communication media for everyday life.” Apparently, event visitors crowded around her just to get a chance to talk with an android. When one man asked her age, she answered in a completely normal voice: “My age is a secret. I like chatting with people.” Although some commented on how lovely the android is, frankly, without Kiefer Sutherland’s voice and Bradley Cooper’s looks, the thing has no future in Hollywood.

Let’s be honest, people…and I mean people here, robots are fine. Technology is interesting. We have saved lives with experiments and by increasing our own knowledge. But, we have also destroyed. No one wants movies with robots in them. They want actors. If the actors have to play a robot and do it well, then give them the Oscar. Let’s just make sure that human beings stay the higher species. If we don’t, this may turn into the scariest world we’ve ever seen. And that includes all Stephen King’s works.

Source:  Baret News


9 Major Banks Form Partnership Embracing Blockchain, the Technology Behind Bitcoin


9 Major Banks Form Partnership Embracing Blockchain, the Technology Behind Bitcoin

By Burt Carey

Bitcoin’s besmirched reputation might never allow virtual coinage to replace dollars, Euros, yuan and other currencies around the world, but the technology used to run the cryptocurrency world just grew some serious legs.
15024826376_3c395d33c8_oIt’s called blockchain, and if you haven’t heard of it, you will – soon. Nine major banks have announced a partnership to implement blockchain as a means of recording and tracking financial transactions.

In its simplest form, blockchain is a database, albeit one that records transactions and then stores them in blocks that cannot be changed or tampered with. Blockchain is the software developed to empower and regulate cryptocurrency, or bitcoin. Currently it records bitcoin transactions between users. Once all parties involved in a transaction agree on terms and that payment has been made, a record of the transfer is stored in a “block”; blocks are added as needed and linked chronologically.

Think of it as adding links to a chain, with the chain getting longer and longer as time elapses. The older links are forever locked in place, and in the world of blockchain, their content cannot be changed. The database becomes a virtual ledger that is shared by users.

This is the kind of stuff quantum computation experts and tech nerds drool over at night. And now teams at prestigious banks will be piecing together a prototype system, and developing industry standards and protocols that could change the way banks operate. Eight of the nine banks within the partnership have been identified: Barclays, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., UBS, Credit Suisse, BBVA, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, State Street Corp., and the Royal Bank of Scotland. Reports earlier this week indicated that Goldman Sachs Group is the ninth bank but its participation could not be confirmed.

The banks have signed with R3, a months-old startup with offices in London and New York. R3’s CEO is David Rutter, a Wall Street veteran and former CEO of ICAP Electronic Brokering. “The lightbulb went off that distributed ledger technology could be to finance what the internet was to media,” Rutter told Business Insider.

While bitcoin may have never graduated beyond the basement steps in the financial world’s eyes, bankers are now betting that blockchain will rewrite and simplify dozens of processes, says Rutter, “everything from issuance, to clearing and settlement and smart contracts, where the code is the contract, and it saves on back-office costs.”

Mike Gault, founder and CEO of Guardtime, says blockchain is “a powerful and widely misunderstood invention that could profoundly affect our relationship with the digital world. For most people, the concept of blockchain is intrinsically tied to the digital currency bitcoin — a fairly complicated and highly controversial system,” Gault said. “But here’s the thing: The blockchain itself is shockingly uncontroversial. Regardless of his or her opinion on the future of bitcoin, nearly everyone agrees that its most fundamental innovation has worked flawlessly. It allows total strangers to hold and exchange digital money in a completely transparent way — without having to trust each other or any central authority.”

Banks aren’t the only institutions looking to score big with blockchain. The NASDAQ stock exchange is reportedly working with Chain, a San Francisco company that builds blockchain programs which allow stock transactions to be settled in milliseconds instead of the traditional three to five business days. Result? Faster transactions equal increased liquidity.

Other companies are developing blockchain for secure online identities, which could become a precursor to voting via smartphone, and as a means for small businesses to record contracts. Experts are predicting that within a year or two blockchain will become a significant part of life in the 21st century.


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Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

Verizon First Wireless Carrier To Test 5G


Verizon First Wireless Carrier To Test 5G

By Burt Carey

Just five years after becoming the first wireless cellular network to introduce 4G, Verizon announced this week that it will test 5G beginning next year, with an expected commercial launch in 2017.

What 5G means to consumers is speed. Verizon claims its service will be 30 to 50 times faster than its current 4G technology. It laymen’s Verizon, technology, 5G, cell phone, Roger Gurnaniterms, 5G will provide download speeds that register in seconds what it currently takes minutes to do. For example, a 3D video that now takes about 6 minutes to download could zip to a smartphone in just six seconds.

“5G is no longer a dream of the distant future,” said Roger Gurnani, Verizon’s executive vice president and chief information and technology architect. “We feel a tremendous sense of urgency to push forward on 5G and mobilize the ecosystem by collaborating with industry leaders and developers to usher in a new generation of innovation.”

Verizon, the nation’s largest wireless cellular carrier, has partnered with Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Ericsson, Nokia, Qualcomm and Samsung to bring 5G into reality. In 2016 the corporation will test the technology using its research centers in Boston and San Francisco.

Will 5G really be 50 times faster than 4G? Time will tell, of course, but signal strength, the number of users accessing the network and even the building materials surrounding your home or office are known to affect network speed. Even if it’s just 30 times faster than 4G, it’s still wickedly fast, and with faster speeds, customers will be able to use a smartphone to not only download but to stream incredibly detailed data. Earlier this year Nokia surmised that its testing of 5G allowed streaming of 8K video in 3D. By comparison, that video would be about 16 times more clear than a full HD video.

While Verizon is the first domestic corporation to flirt with 5G technology, South Korea is aiming to launch a 5G wireless network before for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, and Japan is planning to commence 5G service in time for the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games in 2020.

Verizon’s aggressive move toward 5G comes at a time when cell phone carrier data rates are dropping, data usage is at an all-time high, and 4G technology is maturing. The company says 98 percent of the United States has access to its 4G LTE service.

So far there are more unknowns than knowns in the world of 5G, but one thing is certain: It’s going to cost more. The average cell phone bill could go as high as $120 per month, according to Cisco estimates that suggest mobile data traffic on cell networks will increase 57 percent by the year 2019. When the iPhone was introduced in 2007, the average cell phone bill was just $51.


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Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle


The "Compact" Home Office


The “Compact” Home Office

~ Cindy Haynes


It is an inspiration point. It is the ‘area’ of the home where creativity can happen, or children can do research for their class projects, or the place where emails are written and friends hanging out on Facebook are said hello to. No matter what the area is used for, the ‘home office’ has become a huge ‘must-have’ for home owners, prospective buyers, and decorators.


home office, interior design, technology, inspiration, creative juicesThe world of interior design was uplifted by technology’s success because everyone needs a computer. Of course, now they need laptops, office space, gizmos and gadgets of every size – even gamers need to have space available for their X-boxes, tablets, and the list goes on and on.


There are some wonderful homes that already provide an area for the home office. Lovely dens that some people view as being rustic. With old underwood typewriters on display where the writer goes in, shuts the door, and inspiration is found. But when it comes to the homes that do not offer such a space, dining room tables can overflow with papers or file folders; computers can be buried by the kid’s jackets or even Fido’s toys and leashes, depending on whether we’re talking about a dog or cat family.


But the interior designer will tell you that you can surround yourself with beauty and inspiration while you have that nose to the grindstone and are working hard to make a living from home. There are various ways this can occur, and anyone, with just a few suggestions and a little creativity can turn a small area into an organized one that you will love to work in.


Hanging artwork is one way that can inspire the worker. That piece or pieces can offer beauty andhome office, interior design, technology, inspiration, creative juices peace when there is commotion all around. Not only art, but adding lighting fixtures to the area to help improve or soften the world around can help increase the function of the worker by adding light or simply by making the area more peaceful and serene. If natural light is better and available in that small area, place the desk against a window.


When it comes to that desk, there are many out there to choose from in all sizes. If you’re lucky, you have a carpenter in the family that builds you a stunning desk with all the drawers and space you need. But, if a carpenter isn’t handy, there is literally a simple, do-it-yourself desk that you can piece together. Think about using shorter file cabinets with a large desktop, panel or anything that be used as a safe surface to put the laptop or computer on, placed on top of the filing cabinets. Having this compact office is just fine, and can be just as comfortable as the imaginative den.


There is other furniture within the home that could help bring this office space to life. A secretary or something quaint works well in a home that is inspired by painted walls and has a cottage feel. The area will ‘match’ with the décor and still be that perfect personal space away from it all.


It used to be that electrical outlets had to be all around in order to make a home office work, but not now. In this ‘wireless’ age, only one central location or outlet may be needed to bring the home office alive. And as far as storage is concerned, which is the biggest concern when it comes to a small workspace, wall-mounted baskets or bookcases can be used to remain organized in order to get the work done.


No matter what the choice is, always remember that even if dealing with a small space, a home office can be created in any style to get those creative juices flowing.


Source:  Baret News Wire

We’re being taken over by robots, please start with Washington!


We’re being taken over by robots, please start with Washington!


When I was a kid I loved going to the museum of science and industry and ill tell you my favorite thing next

I remember they had a booth, and you’d sit in the both and your friend would sit in the other booth. Then you could pick up phone and hear and see each other on a black and white monitor; that tells you how old I am.

then a male voice came on the speaker and said
male voice:  In the next 50 years this will happen.
Low and behold, bam here we are, quicker than we thought. we went from a telephone to an i-phone. Now we’re able to say hello to our family members with video. “Hi mom, yeah, I know, I know, pack clean underwear, yeah I got it.
We’re so advanced nowadays that we have robots that can do some of our easy tasks that we don’t want to do, like vacuum our homes. They even have robots that marry people.

So if robots are being used to cut cost and because of their intelligence, well, maybe we can put a few of them in Washington!

If we don’t like ‘em, we unplug ‘em; if they fight, we sell tickets to it.  Like Rockin Sockem Robots.
Oh, and for those of you that think robots are gonna take over the world, well I have news for ya, there’s one job that they’ll never be able to replace … MOM!

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Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle


Eye Doctors Applaud Social Media!

Eye Doctors Applaud Social Media!

 ~ James Moore


If reading this article now, you have just seen another social media benefit: Humor is a great way for your content to bring in your target audience and help build your brand.


However, even though slightly sarcastic, the 21st Century generation is most definitely looking at everything from eyeglasses and contacts to massage therapy and chiropractors down the road. In other words, brands like ‘MassageLuXe’ are going to get even more popular than they are already.


Within the confines of social media – basically, at the very core of social media – sits the person who knows the ins and outs of databases, platforms, mobile devices, applications and so on, and so on, and so on. The term ‘techno geek’ has become far more than an underground title. In fact, it has become the path to great jobs, more money, and a lifetime career in innovation. This is also one career path that will continually give you a job when times get rough. In other words, lay-offs may occur in the social media industry but they will not be for long. With the experience of technology on your resume, you will always be wanted; much like an NFL player who has won the Super Bowl three times, who all teams will want, technology is the way for the younger generation, (and much of the older), to earn money in 2014 and build that stellar career.


When it comes to the world’s economy, the social media realm has also become a savior. Specific forms of intelligence must be had, which means college is back! Let’s face it, higher education did go out of style for a bit, especially because of the economy and the inability to pay for any sort of collegiate program. As doors begin to open once again on education, the world of the computer/techno geek is going to enlarge even more.


There is a branch of the social media realm that is growing even more rapidly, and that is the social media/marketing/PR team that has come together to make sure the smaller brands, that do not necessarily have the cash to put together a marketing campaign that involves spreads or advertisements in the biggest magazines across the country – not to mention, television ads that cost millions and can not be had by the small business – get a leg up on their competition.


A business must grow from small to medium to large over time. A real brand that stays in the consumers world for a good, long while spanning generations, such as the mighty Coca-Cola, stay there because of the fact that they were built by innovators who understood marketing campaigns long before the computer made its entrance into the world.


This day and age, events and campaigns span everything from the computer to email to Instagram to mobile applications – which are all necessary. The upside is many are absolutely free or at least inexpensive enough to use to create a target audience and bring them on board. The only appendage necessary to get that ball rolling is the social media/PR team. As with anything and everything in life, however, the social media/PR team chosen must have that education, learning, background and resume filled with the ability to issue content, monitor your site 24/7, take care of problems as they arise, and basically lead you by the hand down the path of brand building.


This is an entire team of techno-geeks that are guaranteed to enlarge your customer base through data analysis, and the vast multitude of technological ways that were specifically invented to grab the customer’s attention.


In other words, as a company owner you must Be Quick to outdo the competition. You must Be Smart, to make sure that your company’s brand is the one on everyone’s lips. And in order to do just that…you need to utilize the essential abilities of Be First.


Check out Be First at BeFirstMediaGroup  and begin the one journey you must take in order for your company to expand!


P.S. By doing so YOU will have a way better chance of avoiding that eye doctor in the future!